Monday, 04 November 2013 11:29

Neighbourhood Watch & Police Newsletter 1st November 2013.

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This week I have added and/or updated important articles covering new Witness Appeals, Crimestoppers and Smartwater.

Safer North Hampshire Partnership - Operation Stronghold  & Hermes/Immobilise.

There are still some of these events due in our area and we hope to be demonstrating Hermes/Immobilise property recording at each.

Come along and meet us and the Safer North Hampshire Partnership crime prevention team (with some freebies & goodies)   at

Tadley    Library           6th November 11:00 to 13:00,
Bramley   Bakery           7th November 11:30 to 12:30
Basingstoke Town Centre  Festival Place  16th November 10:00 to 14:00

See also for extra information.

AREA (District) Coordinators for BDNW.

We have several beat areas where we have street coordinators but no registered Area Coordinator (AC), so it may be that these areas are not having local meetings and may be missing out on vital information. The role is not very onerous but is a vital link in the NW chain.

Persons will need to be checked by our local police. This is usually a formality but nevertheless essential. The areas where we need  ACs are Eastrop, Grove, Brighton Hill, Buckskin, Winklebury, Norden, Popley West, Upton Grey/Candovers, Kingsclere  & Tadley/Pamber. Contact me for further info or to put yourself forward.

NW Signs and other materials.

Each NEW BDNW scheme coordinator is entitled to two street signs but only on the initial registration of their scheme.

Replacement stick on overlays are available to replace worn out signs – currently free, but stocks are now very low.

Extra new plastic signs are available at cost price to the coordinator of any registered scheme.

New literature may be available soon but has to be funded locally – not by government as in the past.

Details of how to order will be available soon on our website, meantime email me.

Ongoing issues with Cold/Nuisance Calls.

There is hardly a week goes by when I am not informed about yet another telephone scam. This week the caller poses as a police officer having arrested a criminal with your credit card – but you have to identify it !!

Do not talk to these people and   NEVER – EVER give out details over the phone.

The police might call at your house with proper ID & for a previously arranged appointment, but rarely if ever would they make this type of telephone call. Report this and any other scam type of call to or phone 0300 1232040.

In recent weeks I have received numerous reports of cold calls, both telephone and doorstep. Some telephone call numbers you might not want to answer include 01422 861029, 02034 785344, 04673 891923, & “Crime and Security Hub”. It is often useful to Google suspect numbers to see what the internet community might know about them.

Also here is an important item from my police colleagues.

It is believed that a company has been targeting the elderly and vulnerable members of the community with unsolicited telephone calls. The calls may be from someone offering an intruder alarm system and sometimes there is a suggestion that the company is responding to a recent crime; at other times there is a suggestion they are working with or for the local police service. They have also been found to inflate local crime figures, sometimes where there is no crime.

Please could residents consider the following:

Research any company you may be planning to do business with before they arrange a sales visit.

Register with The Telephone Preference Service

This is a free service. Registration can be made on line or by telephoning 0845 070 0707.

Further details can be obtained from

And The Mailing Preference Service

The Mailing Preference Service supports the right to choose the mail you wish to receive. Registration to this free service can be made on  or by phone to 0845 703 4599. Further details can be obtained from or 0207 291 3310.

If residents are considering having an intruder-alarm installed then it is suggested that they utilise a company belonging to one of the following organisations:

National Security Inspectorate:

Security and Alarms Systems Inspectorate Board:

Please also bear in mind that should you make an appointment with any company for security equipment - you have the right to cancel the appointment, should you feel harassed or intimidated by a salesperson then please call 101.

Rogue Traders & Vehicle Crime.

Unfortunately these two issues are still on our radar, so please follow all our previous advice and don’t make yourself a victim

101 Calls

Just to re-iterate previous advice, BDNW and the Police always request that any suspicious incident is immediately reported via 101.

As in previous newsletters, make that call and you could prevent a crime or assist an investigation.

Avoiding Burglary - advice.

Just as a follow up from all previous advice, this remains useful and valid.

If you would like information about security for your home or further advice then please speak to your Safer Neighbourhood Officers on 101.

Trading Standards information.

Scam bulletins are now on line via the Trading Standards website. Rogue traders are still operating in many areas, so please don’t get caught by the casual doorstep caller.

Hampshire police website.

Lots of local police information is available on the Hampshire Constabulary website at

Editors Note.

This mail is from BDNW in association with the Safer Neighbourhood Team / Community Support Unit at Basingstoke Police Station in the interest of public information and crime reduction. All Coordinators are asked to forward this newsletter on to all of their NW members & other local residents, wherever possible.

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